Police: Medication possible culprit in fatal accident

DACULA - Police believe prescription medication may have played a role in a Wednesday morning crash that killed a Monroe man.

Thomas M. Martin, 41, was ejected from his vehicle and killed at the scene of a multi-car collision on Ga. Highway 316 near Harbins Road. Police said Martin drove erratically in the seconds before he died, at one point trying to weave around a tractor trailer on a grass median of the highway. Toxicology results are pending.

"Prescription drugs may have been a factor in this collision," said Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman.

Police said Martin was driving a white Mercury westbound about 5 a.m. when he tried to barrel around the semi "for reasons unknown," and his car struck the right side of the larger vehicle. Martin's car crossed the median and collided with the rear axles of a second semi headed the other direction. While his car was disabled in the roadway, another vehicle carrying two passengers also collided with his car, police said.

Martin was ejected near Harbins Road in Dacula, where he died before emergency responders could transport him, Spellman said.

No other injuries were reported.